I found you…

I’ve been here…

Ipoh Town Kopitiam, Sibu 1

…a few times before like when it first opened, for instance, and then, I went with my missus to let her give it a try and another time with my lawyer-friend/ex-student…and I remember I did go once again with my missus and with Melissa as well and another time to meet an ex-classmate to discuss our plans for our class reunion last year…

Ipoh Town Kopitiam, Sibu 2

There were some hits and misses, some that were very nice, others just so-so and I do recall that initially, we had to wait a long time to be served and we were quite put off by that. Anyway, somehow or other, for whatever reason, we did not go back there again. I guess most everybody would know by now that I am not a fan of franchises as I find that usually, they are generally quite good but definitely not great, not too expensive but not cheap either.

Ipoh Town Kopitiam, Sibu 3

Incidentally, I read on one of the displays at the outlet here that this is actually a Sarawak franchise – started in Miri and after doing pretty well there and in Kuching and also in Sabah, it branched out to the peninsula…and eventually, we got one of our own right here in Sibu as well. Golly gee! And all this time, I thought it  was a West Malaysian franchise!

So what brought me back here again? My friend, Philip, who was still around at the time, home from the US, is very much into our own local coffee which he feels is far superior to those “branded” gourmet ones but this trip home, he was rather disappointed with the used-to-be-good ones here. He also mentioned to me that he was quite put off as well by the fact that he went to one place for white coffee and got one made using one of those sachets that are widely available in the supermarkets so I told him about this place and he went to give it a try…

Ipoh Town Kopitiam white coffee 1

Finally, he found something that he thought was really good and in fact, he loved it so much that when we got back to town from Kanowit that day, he took me there for lunch and the coffee…

Ipoh Town Kopitiam white coffee 2

I did try it before and since coffee with milk or creamer makes me sleepy, I can’t say that I am a fan but yes, it was very good and no, I have not changed my mind – I still prefer my coffee black.

However, what caught my attention that day was that they now have set meals with a free drink – a choice between white coffee, iced lemon tea. 100 Plus or Coke for only RM9.90+ and that day, with the white coffee, Philip had their chicken hor fun

Ipoh Town Kopitiam chicken hor fun 1

He said it was so good that he finished all of it…

Ipoh Town Kopitiam chicken hor fun 2

…even though he was still quite full from the kampua noodles we had in Kanowit.

I had their ayam penyet, also RM9.90+ with a free drink…

Ipoh Town Kopitiam ayam penyet

…and it was really good as well. I loved the sambal which was extra spicy, just the way I like it.

No, we did not have this. I saw it on a table as we were going to settle the bill and I snapped a photograph of it…

Not a set meal

Hehehehehehe!!!! This looked like sweet and sour fish fillet and I thought it looked pretty good but no, it’s not one of those choices in the set meal menu, unfortunately.

Well, since I thought that was quite good and reasonably priced, I took my missus and Melissa there for lunch the very next day. Melissa had the chicken hor fun, of course…

Ipoh Town Kopitiam chciken hor fun, Day 2

– she had always enjoyed that in one other franchise place when she was in the peninsula. She thought this one was not as nice but it was all right and she particularly liked the soup. Well, I guess it must have been the texture of the hor fun – ours here is actually kway teow, not as smooth, soft, thin and translucent.

My missus, against my good advice, insisted on having the ayam pongteh

Ipoh Town Kopitiam ayam pongteh

It turned out to be just chicken cooked in soy sauce and I would say that she could do a very much better job cooking that herself at home and it was nothing like that celebrated nyonya specialty. There! I was very sure she would love the ayam penyet as she would definitely enjoy the very spicy sambal but no, she just turned a deaf ear and did not bother to order that.

I decided to try the nasi lemak

Ipoh Town Kopitiam nasi lemak 1

…which had the usual condiments…

Ipoh Town Kopitiam nasi lemak 2

…plus one curry chicken drumstick…

Ipoh Town kopitiam nasi lemak 3

It was, at best, all right but there was something not quite right with the chicken – the meat was not firm nor was it nice and tender. The one I had for the ayam penyet the previous day was perfectly all right so I wouldn’t know if this was an isolated case or it would be best to avoid their chicken cooked in curry.

Now, this is something that is worthy of praise and special mention. Melissa wanted 100 Plus but I noticed that it was not in the list of drinks for the noodles sets, just white coffee and iced lemon tea. My missus wanted iced lemon tea with her order and I asked for the white coffee. I asked the girl if Melissa could have the drink she wanted and we could pay the extra accordingly but the nice sweet girl who was taking our orders said it did not matter and they would adjust accordingly. When I paid for the bill, I found that we were charged RM9.90+ for the three sets, nothing more and nothing less. What they did was they keyed in my nasi lemak order with a complimentary 100 Plus and Melissa’s hor fun with one white coffee just so we would be entitled to our set orders at the stated price and still have the drinks we wanted. I thought that was very nice of them and I do wish there are more like her/them around here. Little things do mean a lot and it would be these little things that would bring the customers back again…and again…and again.

Well, like I said earlier, there have been hits and misses and it certainly looks like this same thing applies to their set meals as well…but for RM9.90+, I would say that was reasonably-priced and I would not mind going back to try the rest to see what else are good and would be worth having. Philip said he had the char kway teow and it was not bad. Perhaps I can try that next time…